travel news

  • Forbes has a list of the most time-draining airports in the U.S., what causes them and what you can do about it. The worst airport for delays? Chicago O’Hare.
  • Our “favorite” airline AA is adding a $5 mileage-redemption fee “on frequent-flier award tickets booked on its website.” To be fair, I’ve always gotten charged a tax for doing the same on Continental, but I wonder if this fee is on top of any applicable tax. AA has also responded to critics of the $15 baggage fee (Budget Travel).
  • Not to be outdone, United Airlines is requiring minimum stays for all domestic flights starting in October as well as raising its cheapest fares by as much as $90 one-way. The race for the worst domestic airline has apparently begun.
  • Travel + Leisure has a list of the best new budget hotels. “The major players (in the U.S.) are InterContinental’s Hotel Indigo, Hyatt Place, Starwood’s Aloft, and Nylo.”
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